In late December we had the pleasure of enduring our first opera at the StaatsOper (State Opera). While having attended the ballet here before and never being to a classical opera production, it wasn’t only impressive but also refreshing. Turandot was scheduled for that evening, an Italian opera written by Giacomo Puccini, completed by Franco Alfano, and set to a libretto in Italian by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni. A semi-modern set and costume design ushered in a impressive line-up of performers and accomplished musicians. Turandot is a Persian word and name meaning “the daughter of Turan”; a fairy tale involving a prince who falls in love with a cold princess – Turandot. The Prince is required – as any suitor – to solve three riddles, with each wrong answer resulting in an untimely death. After passing the test, Turandot rejects him regardless but is offered a way out, by learning the Prince’s name before dawn will cause him to die, saving her from the forced marriage.
Turandot will be shown April 5th and 11th, being the final performances of this year for the production.
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photo by Bettina Stöß (2008)